The Huai River is the old name for what is now called the Qin Huai River. It is said to have been built by the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty. Visitors come to the Huai River for sightseeing and boat cruising. The river forms a route that goes to many scenic spots and historical sites.
Huai River is among the major rivers in China. It is located between the Yangtze River and the Yellow River. These are the two largest rivers in the country. It stretches over 100 kilometers and has a 2,600 square kilometer drainage area.
The Importance of the Huai River
The Qin Huai River has long been a symbol of Nanjing. Nanjing calls the river its lifeblood. This is because the river is a major waterway in the city. It is also called the cradle of Jiangsu civilization.
Huai River Histrory
According to archaeologists, human activity on the river can be traced back to the Stone Age. The river was also an important settlement and commercial center in the age of Dongwu. However, the river became a hub for merchants and the literati in the Liuchao period.
The river also became Jiang Nan’s cultural center during the Song Dynasty. A lot of grand buildings sprung up in the city during the Ming and Qing dynasties. At that time, commercial ships entered the area.
Huai River Nearby Attractions
Nowadays, the river is among the most popular attractions in China. The Huai River is famous for its boats bedecked with lanterns. It has also created a link to many other attractions.
Confucius Temple or Fuzimao was constructed during the Song Dynasty in 1034. It was the premier place to worship the great ancient Chinese philosopher and educator Confucius
Destruction and Restoration
The temple has been rebuilt many times. In 1937, Japanese aggressors burned the temple. The local government restored the temple in 1984.
Confucius Temple is on the Qin Huai River. Dacheng hall can be found on the south river bank. The structure measures 110 meters long, and it is made of brick.
Interior and Exterior Beauty
Inside the hall there are two attractions. The first is the largest figure of Confucius in China. The other attraction is the 38 vivid panels that are made from precious materials like silver, gold and gems.
The outside hall also features a bronze statue of Confucius and his eight disciples made of white marble. Tourists who come here leave the temple with new knowledge about the famous figure.
Zhan Yuan Garden
Special Features and Attractions
Zhan Yuan Garden is the only remaining Ming Dynasty architectural structure in Nanjing. It is also the oldest garden in the city. The gardens are approximately 600 years old. The tourist attractions in Zhan Yuan Garden are divided into east and west parts.
Zhan Yuan Garden’s eastern section is home to a museum where Taiping Tianguo cultural relics can be seen. There are more than 1,600 relics preserved in the museum. This includes the Heavenly King’s imperial seal and robe, twenty canons and army flags and swords.
The western part is home to the garden. This is where tourists find clear water pools, stunning pavilions, rocks and winding pathways. Visitors flock here to take pictures with these astounding backdrops.
Visitors can also find the treasured Northern Song Dynasty stone relic. The stone is renowned for its five distinct features. It is pretty and elegant, tall and straight, bright and clear with natural stripes and knotted holes.
Zhonghua Gate is another attraction that can be accessed from the Huai River. It was first called Jubao Gate in the Ming Dynasty. The structure was primarily built as a strategic military citadel with three enclosed courtyards that are connected by four entryways.
The World Record
Zonghua gate is famous for its very complex construction. In fact, it is one of the most well-preserved and most complicated ancient citadels in the world. The construction was said to have taken more than twenty years. Zhonghua gate is a perfect destination for people who wish to learn more about Chinese history.
The ViewQin Huai River has preserved old boats and waterside pavilions. These attractions are enhanced with sophisticated lighting technologies. A lot of changes have been made to the river, but the ancient ambiance is still there.
A boat cruise allows visitors to witness the beauty of the Qin Huai Scenic Belt. Confucius Temple is the main attraction. Qin Huai River boasts entertainment venues that are popular with both domestic and foreign visitors.
Tourists will not only satiate their appetite for beautiful scenery at the Qin Huai River. There are many mouthwatering local dishes in the area including beef soup with beef fried dumplings, baked cake of the yellow bridge, onion cake, bean curd with sauce, thin noodles paired with smoked fish and fried cake.
The Huai River is 1,034 kilometers from Beijing. Trains depart every day from the main railroad station. The trip takes about nine to ten hours. Tourists are encouraged to book their tickets two or three days before their trip.
I updated this article on December 2, 2013
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